Earn Your Master of Education in Literacy Online

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Guide reading and writing success in the classroom and help establish the literacy foundation that is critical to every child’s education and future.

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Program Overview

Explore what our online master’s degree in literacy can do for your career

Educators across all disciplines and subjects will find practical application in the online Master of Education in Literacy program to provide students with a stronger foundation in language and literacy abilities to establish success in their academic futures. Designed for educators wanting to earn a reading endorsement or working with English Language Learner (ELL) students, this 100% online program will prepare you for a reading specialist professional certificate.

Increase your knowledge of language and develop methods to boost reading skills. Gain an understanding of the cultural and social factors that affect the development of literacy while evaluating and implementing a variety of current language arts resources to be used in the classroom. Acquire instructional alternatives—such as multisensory language learning—to assist students with dyslexia and other extreme reading disabilities.

In this online program, you will:

  • Design multisensory literacy resource materials for the content areas of handwriting, spelling, reading and writing
  • Communicate the results and implications of assessments given to all stakeholders
  • Use strategies that are responsive to diverse learning, backgrounds, cultures and environments for programming and placement
  • Apply knowledge of the interrelated components of reading across all developmental stages of oral and written language and gain expertise in reading instruction at levels of early childhood through grade 12
  • Use foundational knowledge to design literacy curricula to meet needs of learners, especially those who experience difficulty with literacy; design, implement and evaluate small-group and individual evidence-based literacy instruction for learners; collaborate with teachers to implement effective literacy practices
  • Design multisensory literacy resource materials for the content areas of handwriting, spelling, reading and writing
  • Communicate the results and implications of assessments given to all stakeholders
  • Use strategies that are responsive to diverse learning, backgrounds, cultures and environments for programming and placement
  • Apply knowledge of the interrelated components of reading across all developmental stages of oral and written language and gain expertise in reading instruction at levels of early childhood through grade 12
  • Use foundational knowledge to design literacy curricula to meet needs of learners, especially those who experience difficulty with literacy; design, implement and evaluate small-group and individual evidence-based literacy instruction for learners; collaborate with teachers to implement effective literacy practices

Career outcomes for the M.Ed. in Literacy include:

  • Reading Specialist
  • Classroom Teacher (in Title 1 or areas with a higher density of English Language Learners in any subject)
  • District Curriculum Administrator
  • District Reading Curriculum Director
  • Literacy Coach
  • Language Interventionist
  • Reading Specialist
  • Classroom Teacher (in Title 1 or areas with a higher density of English Language Learners in any subject)
  • District Curriculum Administrator
  • District Reading Curriculum Director
  • Literacy Coach
  • Language Interventionist

Also available:

Lamar University offers a variety of education degree options. Check out our other online education degree programs.

Total Tuition $11,288*
Duration As few as 12 months
Credit Hours 33

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Tuition

Take advantage of our reasonable tuition and pay as you go

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing an M.Ed. in Literacy online. Our tuition is affordable and can be paid by the course.

Financial Aid

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Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $11,288*
Per Credit Hour $342

Calendar

Get with the program: Dates you need to know

Our M.Ed. in Literacy online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

8 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Summer I5/30/245/9/245/16/245/21/248/1/24
Fall 18/22/248/1/248/8/248/15/2410/9/24
Spring I1/16/2512/26/241/2/251/9/253/7/25

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 8/1/24
Class Starts 8/22/24

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Admissions

Your online master’s degree in literacy admission checklist

The Master of Education in Literacy online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: Complete online application and pay a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Conferred degree GPAs will be used for admission purposes. Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the conferred bachelor’s degree will be denied admission. Applicants with a conferred master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA and above will be accepted.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.

Department of Teacher Education Admission Requirements

In addition to University admission requirements, the Department of Teacher Education requires the following for admission to the department program.

  • Department application with essay responses
  • Reference from a principal or assistant principal who has supervised you
  • Valid teaching certificate.**
  • Two years teaching experience. Applicants seeking certification in Texas should request a service record with an authorized signature from their HR office.
  • Applicants seeking certification in Texas must conduct practicum/internship activities on a TEA-approved public or private school campus.***

View information regarding licensure outside the state of Texas.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710

OR

Submit electronically to [email protected]

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.

** This does not include a probationary or permit issued certificate.

*** To determine if your school is TEA approved, please use the following links: public school or private school.

We reserve the right to review individual applicant qualifications for admission. Final determinations for admission are based upon a number of criteria. We reserve the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to a program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates unacceptable professional fitness to practice in their particular field of study with children, youth, and/or adults.

Courses

These are the courses for your master’s degree in literacy online at LU

The M.Ed. in Literacy online program consists of 11 courses (33 credit hours).

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides historical and philosophical perspectives in literacy instruction. The results of research in such areas as emergent literacy, cueing systems and comprehension, reading interests, current literacy methodologies and diversity of learners in schools are examined for application in classroom practice.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores theories, concepts and research-based pedagogical implications for multisensory language learning. Graduate students conceptualize and implement 'multisensory strategies' in field-based assignments which utilize direct instructional strategies involving visual, auditory and tactile-kinesthetic sensory systems to learn the phonological, morphemic, semantic and syntactic layers of language.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will focus on literacy development from the perspective of the second language learner. Topics will include theoretical models related to reading in a second language (L2), research on the relationship between literacy in a first language (L1) and literacy in L2, the social contexts of reading in L2 and instructional practices for second language literacy.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of writing development and examines current literary and pedagogical theories for urban education of reading/literature instruction, writing instruction and assessment, instructional materials, and motivational materials in the classroom.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces teachers to the design, methodologies, and techniques necessary to understand educational research and to use “scientifically-based research” in making informed decisions which can positively impact student achievement. An emphasis is placed on action research.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the connections among the psychological, sociological, cultural and political aspects of literacy, learning and teaching. Candidates continue the development of their literacy philosophies.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an opportunity for an in-depth study of current approaches to assessment as a foundation for literacy instruction and intervention design of struggling readers and writers. In supervised experiences, teachers utilize a range of formal and informal assessment tools and methods to diagnose and assess reading and writing development, design intervention and involve the learner in self-assessment.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction, analysis and usage of educational research. Overview of the research process including design, methodology, ethics and proposal development.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to prepare secondary classroom teachers and reading specialists for teaching reading to secondary school students and adult populations. Content includes characteristics of secondary students in grades 7-12 and adult learners, language patterns and structures common to various subject-area texts, and techniques to teach reading and writing strategies in secondary and adult classrooms.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the organization, development, implementation and improvement of reading and writing programs in public schools grades K through 12 at classroom, building and district levels. Because learners will examine the school's literacy program and conduct a needs assessment, learners must verify that they will have the cooperation of appropriate school administrators.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In this course, students learn techniques for diagnosis and correction of reading problems. It is an advanced course which presumes students have an introductory reading course at the graduate level. Students will learn various assessment techniques and interventions, which can be applied in the classroom with individual students or with groups of students.

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